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Francesca Zambello

Glimmerglass Festival Out

Glimmerglass Festival Out

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To AllOTSEGO.com

Francesca Zambello

COOPERSTOWN – With the curtain on “The Sound of Music” scheduled to rise in just two months, the Glimmerglass Festival has announced it will not host any live performances this summer.

“It was our hope this summer to gather at the Festival,” Francesca Zambello, artistic director, said Tuesday, May 5. “But it became clear that, for all our safety, we cannot gather together to perform
the beautiful season we had planned for you.”

Following Governor Cuomo’s order prohibiting attractions that would draw a large number of visitors, the Glimmerglass Festival Board of Trustees made its decision.

The festival was slated to perform “Don Giovanni,” “Rinaldo,” “Die Feen
(The Fairies)” and “The Jungle Book.”

However, the festival will continue its educational pro-grams, including the 2020 Young Artists program, Summer Internship Program and its local Youth Opera Program.

“Public performances are only the tip of the iceberg,” Zambello said. “Behind the scenes, the company invests an enormous amount of energy in training the young people who make up the future of the art form (through) group workshops and one-on-one mentoring from established professionals.”
The festival is also planning “a robust selection of virtual opportunities.”

The Glimmerglass Festival is late to the table.

Other local cultural institutions, including The Farmers’ Museum, Fenimore Art Museum and Hyde Hall, remain closed at present, but all intend to open as soon as the governor declares it is safe to do so.

“The museum is nothing without people,” said Paul D’Ambrosio, Fenimore and Farmers’ president. “We are preparing for an eventual reopening, with all procedures and guidelines in place.”

Meanwhile, each is offering virtual programs. The Farmers’ focus is on crafts and cooking; The Fenimore on collection highlights and open mic nights, Hyde Hall with a new series on the mansion’s lighting, which was cutting-edge technologically in the 19th century.

“We want to create a virtual museum experience,” said Jon Maney, Hyde Hall executive director.“It’s a good way to keep present in people’s minds, to make them interested for when they can come here.”

Similarly, the festival will take its Town Hall series virtual, starting with a Live Conversation with Zambello and Music Director Joseph Colaneri.

“A huge part of the Festival’s mission is to inspire dialogue around meaningful issues through storytelling and music,” Zambello said. “I am very excited about the prospect of bringing our Town Hall discussions to a potentially wider audience.”

Though Hyde Hall is closed, Maney has invited visitors to tour the grounds and sit on the porch overlooking Otsego Lake.

When tours can resume, he said, they will likely be by reservation only.

GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL CANCELS 2020 SEASON

Educational Programs, Town Halls Go Virtual

GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL

CANCELS ’20 LIVE SEASON

Glimmerglass Festival, as Glimmerglass Opera, has held a summer season annually since 1975. (Glimmerglass Festival photo)

COOPERSTOWN – The Glimmerglass Festival will not host any live performances this summer, according to a release sent a few minutes ago.

“As theater people, we are accustomed to problem solving,” Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello said. “We had already adjusted plans and schedules in the hope we might be able to welcome company members and audience members for a Festival this summer.

“But in considering the health and safety of our artists and staff, and following New York State and CDC recommendations, we must now instead focus on how we can provide an opportunity for people to come together around song and story — without coming together in person,” she said.

Glimmerglass Festival ‘Hopeful’ For Summer Season

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Glimmerglass Festival 2020

‘Hopeful’ For Summer Season

Francesca Zambello

COOPERSTOWN – Though New York State remains under a state of emergency until the end of April, Francesca Zambello, Artistic & Creative Director, Glimmerglass Festival, is trying to stay optimistic that the season will open as scheduled.

“We are still hopeful that we will see you this summer,” she wrote in a letter sent earlier this afternoon. With so much unknown at this time, and with all New York State businesses either closed or functioning remotely, we are unable to make firm plans at this time.”

Glimmerglass’ Zambello Advises Fans: Decision On Season Due In Two Weeks

Glimmerglass’ Zambello

Advises Fans: Decision On

Season Due In Two Weeks

‘Sound Of Music’ Opening Due On July 11

Glimmerglass Festival, as Glimmerglass Opera, has held a summer season annually since 1975. (Glimmerglass Festival photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Francesca Zambello

COOPERSTOWN – In a letter to the “Glimmerglass family” dated today, Artistic & Creative Director Francesca Zambello said “possible scenarios on the 2020 schedule are being examined” and it will be for “the next two weeks” before a decision is made on the future of the upcoming season.

During that time, “we will be heavily weighing what is happening in the world and our local community, and will keep you updated,” said Zambello.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Artist Talk With Opera Art Director

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

ARTIST TALK – 6:30 p.m. Cocktails and conversation with Francesca Zambello, Artistic & General Director of Glimmerglass Festival and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served with a cash bar. $25 donation benefits Klinkhart Hall Arts Center. Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, 191 Main St., Sharon Springs. For reservations, call 518-284-2105 or visit www.klinkhart.org

Broadway Musicals Are Nation’s Operas, Glimmerglass Staple

Broadway Musicals

Are Nation’s Operas,

Glimmerglass Staple

Internationally known, the Glimmerglass Festival’s General & Musical Director Francesca Zambello is also artistic director of The Washingtion National Opera at the Kennedy Center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO,com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Since Francesca Zambello became general & music director at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2011, one show has been in the back of her mind.

“I’ve always wanted to do ‘Show Boat’,” she said. “It’s one that I’ve always had on our docket.”

The Oscar Hammerstein-penned musical, which deals with family and racism in post-Reconstruction Mississippi, is set to open the festival season this Saturday, July 6, in a season that includes “La Traviata,” “The Ghosts of Versailles” and the world premier of “Blue,” a new opera by Tony Award winning composer Jeanine Tesori, whose credits include “Fun Home” and “Shrek The Musical.”

“Blue,” commissioned by the Festival, tells the story of a black Harlem police officer and his wife as they deal with the loss of their teenage son in a police-involved shooting.

“It’s an interesting arc from ‘Show Boat’ to ‘Blue,’” said Zambello. “They both deal with issues of race in America, with one written in 1927 and the other in 2019. There’s a thematic connection.”

For her, bringing a musical to the festival was part of bringing in a wider audience. “The musical is America’s opera, and it’s never been fully embraced,” she said. “When we changed the name to the Glimmerglass Festival, I thought a classic musical would encourage new audiences.”

That season, the Festival presented “Annie Get Your Gun,” (1947) starring soprano Deborah Voigt. “It’s a classic American musical,” she said.

Since then, the Festival has staged “Camelot,” “Carousel,” “Oklahoma,” “The Music Man” and
“West Side Story.”

“‘West Side Story’ was the most tickets we’ve ever sold,” she said. “We added three shows. It’s in people’s DNA.”

The Festival’s production of “West Side Story” just finished in Chicago and is headed to Italy. “Our ‘Porgy and Bess’ played in Cincinnati, and after this season, ‘Ghost of Versailles’ will be performed at Versailles, and ‘Blue’ will head to Chicago and Washington D.C.” said Zambello. “These productions carry our brand and our way of thinking all over the world.”

And the Festival’s unique space lends itself well to the traditional musical. “So many of them were written without major amplification,” she said. “They were written for big voices and a big orchestra. When ‘Show Boat’ was first performed, it was likely performed by people who had opera training.”

“When you see a Broadway show,” she continued, “or a revival on tour, if you hear 22 musicians it’s a miracle. You’re basically having an acoustic experience.”

The musicals also serve as a bridge for the Festival’s Young Artists and musical theater interns. “There’s a cross-pollination there,” she said. “And four of our Young Artists are doing musical theater on Broadway right now.”

In addition to performances at the Festival, “Show Boat” will also be performed at Attica Correctional Facility as part of the Festival’s commitment to outreach and social justice.

“The Constitution says ‘We The People,’” she said. “We think about that a lot here.”

So far, Zambello said, tickets have been selling well, with several shows already sold out. “We don’t want you to be disappointed that you can’t get tickets,” she said. “And last year, we had a lot of disappointed people.”

Trustees Votes to Strengthen Anti-Bigotry Proclamation

Trustees Votes to Strengthen

Anti-Bigotry Proclamation

By JENNIFER HILL• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Sternberg

COOPERSTOWN –Two weeks after high school boys allegedly attacked another student and shouted homophobic slurs, the Cooperstown Board of Trustees voted in its meeting this morning “unanimously and loudly” to strengthen a 2016 proclamation that the village welcomes people of all backgrounds and does not tolerate acts of bigotry.

“I think it’s important to reiterate how much we in Cooperstown deplore racist and homophobic behavior,” said Richard Sternberg, one of the Trustees who spearheaded the action and vote.  “I found it very heartening we did this.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Antique Power

Days Tractor Show

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ANTIQUE TRACTORS – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Antique tractors, engines, working exhibits on display. All brands, sizes, shapes, colors, conditions accepted. Fun for all. Roseboom. 607-264-9327 or visit www.farmershotline.com/farm-events/18th-annual-roseboom-antique-power-days

ART LECTURE – 2 p.m. “Leonardo Davinci and the Human Body, Earthly and Divine” investigating Davinci’s anatomical studies when he pursued knowledge through observation/experimentation, and his iconic paintings where he tried to portray an ideal beauty of man that related to God. Cost, $11/non-member. Auditorium, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

Zambello’s “Little Prince” Debuts in Cooperstown

Glimmerglass’ ‘Little Prince’

Features Local Performers

Playing The Little Prince, Holden Browne stands and sings on top of a prop plane, the centerpiece of the set for  Francesca Zambello’s production of “The Little Prince.”  Zambello, Glimmerglass general & artistic director, recruited members of the Washington National Opera to perform in major roles, and brought in local children to perform in the children’s choir for the opera. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Zambello, Malhotra Among ‘Be Positive Fest’ Headliner
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Zambello, Malhotra Among

‘Be Positive Fest’ Headliners

COOPERSTOWN – Glimmerglass Festival Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello and her spouse Faith Gay, the corporate lawyer, will speak on “Art & Justice” at 3:15 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church chapel at Saturday’s Be Positive Festival.

Other headliners will include Virginia Kennedy, former Otsego Land trust executive director, returning to discuss environmental justice, and retired SUNY Oneonta Philosophy Professor Ashok Malhotra, a Nobel Prize nominee.

Here is the complete schedule of Be Positive Festival speakers:

Glimmerglass Staff Reflects On Opera Theater Architect
READ HUGH HARDY’S TIMES OBITUARY

Glimmerglass Staff Reflects

 On Opera Theater Architect

Hugh Hardy
Hardy’s Alice Bush Opera Theater featured sliding side walls that allows audience to enjoy the rural setting during intermissions.

COOPERSTOWN – At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, The Glimmerglass Festival staff dimmed the stagelights and shared memories of Hugh Hardy, the architect of the Alice Bush Opera Theater who died Thursday, March 16.

Built in 1987, Hardy’s design, with its sliding side walls, capitalized on the rural surroundings while providing audiences the chance to experience opera and musical theater locally. He served as an adviser to the company for 35 years, including 13 as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Meanwhile, the festival’s leadership issued statements of praise on Hardy’s passing.

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